UN condemns Somali bombing
21 September 2012, 16:49
Galkayo - The United Nations special representative
for Somalia condemned a suicide bombing which killed 14 people on
Thursday at a Mogadishu cafe frequented by politicians and journalists
in the capital.
Somali police Col Muhammad Dahair said the
evening explosion happened at a cafe near the seat of government. He
could not immediately say how many others were wounded.
police official, Abdiwali Hassan, said three journalists were among
those killed. He did not know if any prominent politicians were among
The attack was likely carried out by the militant group
al-Shabaab which has been fighting the Somali government for nearly
five years. Africa Union forces pushed the al-Qaeda affiliated group out
of Mogadishu in August 2011 but the militants have continued to carry
out suicide attacks in the capital.
The UN secretary-general's
special representative to Somalia condemned the attack, which follows
Sunday's inauguration of President Hassan Skeikh Mohamud.
strongly condemn this cowardly and senseless attack. These acts of
terrorism cannot reverse the recent achievements that Somalia has
witnessed - such incidents can only reinforce the determination of the
Somali people to reject violence and engage in peaceful resolution of
conflict," said Augustine P Mahiga, head of the UN Political Office for
The election of Mohamud marked the end of an eight-year
UN-backed political transition period, which also saw the recent
election of a parliament and the adoption of a provisional constitution.
attack coming at a time when the people have resoundingly welcomed a
popular process towards attaining more legitimate and representative
institutions is an affront to the will of the Somali people and an
attack on the return of normalcy to Somalia," Mahiga said. "We will not
let the hard-won momentum towards stability be affected by such events."